The Daut Pasha Amam (The Daut pasha Bath)

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The Daut pasha amam was built in the XV century by Daut Pasha, a high ranking official in the Ottoman state.  This amam speaks of both the existence and the development of the ottoman culture in the Balkans.  It is situated at the crossroad between modern and old Skopje.  Resting on the left and side of the coast of river Vardar, on the one side it is surrounded by new constructions established after the devastating earthquake of 1963, and on the other side it adheres to the Old Bazaar, thus making up a full composition of authentic oriental elements.  The district around the Daut pasha amam today hosts the Music academy, the National Theater and Opera, the Stone Bridge and the St. Dimitrij church, which altogether speak of the cosmopolitan and multicultural character of the city of Skopje.  Right opposite to the amam, on the hillside across the main street stretches the Fortress of Skopje, Kale.

Today, the Daut pasha amam is transformed into an art gallery and, except for the original architectural solution it has not kept the other functions for which it had been built.  The amam today is host to numerous prestigious cultural and artistic events such as the Skopje summer, an international festival which is organized every year in Skopje.  While you enjoy the sounds of a classical or modern concert, do take a look at an exhibition of paintings or sculptures that is displayed at the amam, you will no doubt deeply feel the historic spirit of the Daut pasha amam.

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